I've been reading and enjoying the site immensely.

What is the Endgame Tablebase? I see it referenced frequently. TIA


Endgame tablebases are essentially databases containing known endgame positions that have been “solved”, so to speak. That is, every position in an endgame tablebase will have a corresponding result which will either be a win for white, a win for black, or a draw (assuming perfect play). They are used by chess engines because it is much more efficient for the computer to look up an endgame position in a database to get the result of the endgame rather than exhausting all the possible variations to determine the result.

  • Are there any sites you could recommend? TIA – paul delasaux Jan 23 '15 at 15:46
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    @pauldelasaux I don't know of any sites but I do know that Stockfish comes with one (that's how it evaluates many simple endgames). If you don't have an engine on your computer yet then I highly recommend getting Stockfish because it is excellent (and free!). – sardoj Jan 24 '15 at 1:04

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